Public Dialogue On “Women In Peace Building”

Seventeen years after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution on women, peace and security (UNSCR 1325), women are still largely excluded from formal peace processes and international mediation efforts. Yet, research shows that women’s participation in peace processes and mediation increases the likelihood of a peace agreement being concluded and adhered to.

In his remarks at the Public Dialogue on “Women in Peace Building” held on 8th February 2018 at the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Per Lindgärde, said that the need to include women and girls in peace building processes was crucial for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. “In order to achieve goal 5 dedicated to gender and equality, it is essential to ensure women’s full and effective participation at all levels of decision making,” he said. He thanked the School of Women and Gender Studies and the School of Law for organizing the public dialogue, noting that such forums were essential for promoting women’s participation in decision making processes.

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